Archive : Production Begun At £11m Lorry Works

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

The first lorry built at the British Motor Corporation’s new £11,250.000 factory at Bathgate, West Lothian, was driven off the assembly line on Friday to the cheers of more than 300 employees and visitors.

The factory. which will eventually employ approximately 5,000 people; is to produce the B.M.C. group’s total output of trucks, diesel engines, and tractors. When in full production, in the autumn of 1964, it will be turning out 1,000 trucks and 750 tractors a week. The first vehicle, assembled from parts produced at the company’s Longbridge factory, was driven off the line by Mr K. H. J. Sinnott, the managing director, who said later that production had started exactly on time-15 months after the inaugural ceremony. It was hoped to turn out 100 trucks a week by the end of this year.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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